Response to the Work and Pensions Committee inquiry on the Foundation years and the UK Government's life chances strategy

The United Kingdom has signed and ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). In doing so it accepted an obligation, binding as a matter of international law, to respect and protect all the rights it contains, and to take all appropriate measures to ensure that children are protected against all forms of discrimination. The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC) monitors the progress made by the Government in advancing children’s rights in the UK, and its recommendations are the authoritative interpretation of the international obligations of the UK with regards to the CRC.

The Commission’s evidence draws on its recent submissions to the UN CRC and the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (UN CESCR), and highlights the relevant recommendations of these UN Committees for the UK and devolved Governments. The Commission considers that a failure to implement UN CRC’s recommendations would materially affect the Government’s ability to tackle poverty; and would damage the UK’s international standing as one of the key advocates for the CRC, at a time when it is seeking re-election to the UN Human Rights Council.

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Last updated: 12 Jan 2017